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Submissions for this consultation closed on Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Discussion paper

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs released the discussion paper titled 'Leading Practice Agreements: Maximising Outcomes from Native Title Benefits' on 3 July 2010. The paper called for public consultation on a possible package of reforms to promote leading practice in native title agreements and the governance of native title payments. The paper also canvasses possible amendments to streamline future acts processes and an amendment to clarify the meaning of 'in good faith' under the right to negotiate provisions.

The discussion paper draws on and complements:

  • the report of the Native Title Payments Working Group established to advise the Government on how to facilitate better use of payments from native title agreements
  • the subsequent Australian Government discussion paper on optimising benefits from native title agreements
  • the workshop convened on 8 April 2010 by the Joint Working Group on Indigenous Land Settlements to consider what governments can do through native title settlement agreements to support Indigenous communities to achieve effective governance and sustainable economic outcomes, and
  • the Treasury consultation paper titled 'Native Title, Indigenous Economic Development and Tax' seeking views on a range of tax options aimed at reducing complexity in tax rules for native title payments and supporting effective benefits management under native title agreements.

A copy of the discussion paper is available for download:

Consultations

The Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs held the following public consultation sessions:

  • Brisbane on 12 July 2010
  • Sydney on 13 July 2010
  • Adelaide on 14 July 2010
  • Melbourne on 15 July 2010
  • Darwin on 3 November 2010
  • Perth on 4 November 2010
  • Canberra on 8 November 2010.

The Australian Government also sought written submissions in response to the Leading Practice Agreements. Submissions closed on 30 November 2010.

Submissions received in response to the Leading Practice Agreements discussion paper

Twenty nine submissions were received in response to the Leading Practice Agreements discussion paper.

Several submissions jointly addressed both the Leading Practice Agreements discussion paper and the Treasury consultation paper "Native Title, Indigenous Economic Development and Tax". A number were developed primarily in response to the Treasury paper but were also submitted in response to the Leading Practice Agreements discussion paper. Treasury has published the list of submissions made in response to its Tax consultation paper. To view these, visit the Submissions: Consultation Paper - Native Title, Indigenous Economic Development and Tax page from the Treasury website.

Confidential submissions received from individuals and/or organisations have not been included on this site.

For more information, contact the Native Title Unit on 02 6141 4732, or email native.title@ag.gov.au

Submissions

We received

public submission(s) in response to this consultation.

The opinions expressed in the following submissions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government, the Attorney-General or the Attorney-General's Department. If you are having difficulty with the accessibility of any of these submissions please contact the Attorney-General's Department .

No submissions are available for this consultation.